The Diploma in Theology for Ministry (DTM) is a graduate-entry programme designed primarily for individuals preparing for or already involved in authorised Christian ministry or service whose first degree is not in Theology.


What is the DTM?
The Diploma in Theology for Ministry (DTM) is a graduate course (Level 6) designed primarily for individuals preparing for or already involved in Christian ministry or service. Drawing on the BTh programme, this award integrates the rigorous academic study of theology with a focus on pastoral ministry (in the context of a compulsory practical placement). The Diploma is offered by the Faculty of Divinity in partnership with the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Is it for you?
The DTM is a may be suitable for you if you are preparing for ordained ministry or exploring Christian vocation as a lay person. It is also an excellent year-long study abroad option for seminary students.  Admission to the course is at the discretion of the BTh Management Committee and requires acceptance at Wesley House or another Theological College.

Time commitment
The course can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two-years.

What is the assessment for receiving the DTM?
The assessment takes place at the end of the course and is a mixture of two or three hour examinations and 3000 word extended essays. Candidates must also submit an 8-10,000-word dissertation and a 3000 word reflection on their ministry placement. Formative assessment is provided through the supervision system. You should note that DTM students do not matriculate within the University.

What qualifications do I need to apply?
At least a good 2:1 in a previous degree in another subject.

The Faculty will need to see a sample of written work.

Either English as a first language or an IELTS score of 7.0.

Further information
There is further detailed information about the DTM degree, including costs and a list of the papers offered, on the DTM pages of the Cambridge Theological Federation website.

How to apply
For advice about whether this course might suit you and how to apply complete our Information and Enquiry form.


The strength of the one-year Diploma in Theology for Ministry course at Wesley House is its combination of classical theological disciplines taught by world-class academics through the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University, together with specialist teaching from a confessional perspective delivered by ecumenical partners in Cambridge, in ecumenical classrooms.  This is further enriched with teaching and learning from a Methodist perspective on Wesleyan theology and practice in a small, international college seeking to foster genuine encounter across difference in a worshipping community, sharing a common life.

Jane Leach, Principal